Tips to Create a Beautiful Container Gardening Display
Container gardening is a fun and unique way to spice up your garden. It’s also a great way to add life to your deck, front porch, or other areas around your home! Containers make your garden easier to manage, require less watering, and create less weeds. Here is everything you need to know to create and maintain your own container garden!
Selecting the Perfect Plants
A main component to creating your container garden is achieving the perfect look that you want. Try to fit in as many plants as you can to get a bountiful look. For a fun effect, mix up the colors and use different types of plants. Mix with flowers, herbs, and vegetables! If you are placing your container indoors, use the color of wall paint in the room or art on the walls to base your color choices. You’ll want to make sure that you pick plants that grow under similar conditions. Do some research beforehand on plants that are known to do well in the summer, such as petunias.
In terms of picking the right soil, you will want to use potting soil. It holds moisture while also providing proper drainage. Potting soil is typically a mix of peat moss, compost, or coir, and perlite or vermiculite. If using a large pot, make sure to fill with it soil where the pot will be placed all summer. Once all of the soil is in, large pots can be very difficult to move! You should fertilize every 2 weeks and use a slow release fertilizer. Try using ArborChar Summer Stress Fertilizer to help improve soil in hot months!
Using a watering can is the best way to water your container garden. Check the moisture at least once a day. When the top inch of soil is dry, water your plants thoroughly. You should water at the base of the plant. Getting the leaves too wet can cause fungal diseases. Try using organic Eco-1 Garden Spray to protect your plants from these kinds of diseases naturally. When picking out your pot, make sure to pick one that has drainage holes at the bottom. Using a pot without drainage holes can create water build up at the bottom, which can cause root rot.
When choosing your containers, there are many different options. These options can range from cheaper plastic to expensive glass pots. Terra-cotta pots are not too expensive, but soil in them tends to dry out more easily. Glazed pots look nice and are a good compromise between plastic pots and expensive ones. You can create multiple plant combinations in separate pots. Gather about 3-5 different sizes of containers for an elevated look. It is important to think about what sizes of pots you would like to use. While smaller pots may be more convenient in terms of placement, larger pots require less watering and fit more plants.
Container gardening lets you put your creative mind to work! Try to think outside the box in terms of what kinds of containers to use. Some amazing examples we have seen are watering cans, old shoes, old drawers, and wheelbarrows! If you want to create a more dramatic effect, there are many plants that can stand out on their own. For example, palms, papyrus, elephant ears, and banana trees all look great on their own!
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